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What is the Studio Music and Jazz Department at the Frost School of Music?

Mission Statement

The mission of the Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Degree Programs is to:

  • Prepare jazz instrumentalists and vocalists to enter the music profession or graduate school;
  • Identify, recruit, and retain high-quality students who seek to pursue studio/jazz performance as a career;
  • Foster faculty creativity and performance which serves as a role model for students;
  • Develop, and revise courses in jazz improvisation, jazz arranging/composition and provide on and off-campus performance opportunities;
  • Produce in our on-campus facility, recordings for the DownBeat Student Music Awards, compact disks, radio, and Internet broadcast; and
  • Provide a platform of learning that includes performance, composition/arranging, technology, conducting, scholarship, and production.

A Distinguished Program

What distinguishes it from other programs throughout the world?

  • A track record of excellence.
  • Over 150 DownBeat Awards.
  • Many well-known alumni.
  • An experienced teaching staff that are on campus on a daily basis.
  • Many visiting artists and clinicians.

The Frost Experience

What can students expect from their experience?

  • A talented student body at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Small classes.
  • Diverse ensemble experience including classical performance opportunities.
  • Many recording opportunities.